Flash floods wipe out Chiang Mai roads

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A night of heavy rain washed out roads in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai at Ban Mae Wan, Ban Mae Nae, Ban Pong Aor, Pa Miang sub-district, and Doi Saket.
A night of heavy rain washed out roads in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai at Ban Mae Wan, Ban Mae Nae, Ban Pong Aor, Pa Miang sub-district, and Doi Saket.

Heavy rain across the north washed out roads in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Flash floods sent rivers of mud and debris across Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai Road after a night of rain June 27. Damage was reported at Ban Mae Wan Km 33, Ban Pha Nae Km 35, and Ban Pong Aor Km 37 in Pa Miang Subdistrict of Doi Saket. Several meters of water made passage impossible.

Pha Miang Subdistrict Deputy Mayor Sujin Sangkaew said the rain began about 11 p.m. the night before and lasted long enough for the Kwang River to overflow.

He urged motorists to use alternate routes, such as Bang Pang Fan from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai at Kha Moo Phuket going to the Ban Mae Ton junction and the route from Chiang Mai at the Pong Din police booth going to Pong Kum Temple onto Ban Mae Ton.

Crews worked Saturday to fix the main route with heavy machinery and backhoes. (MCOT)